What is intersectionality? Intersectionality is a term that was coined by legal scholar Kimberly Crenshaw in 1989. Crenshaw coined the term to describe how different systems of oppression overlap and create unique (and often adverse) experiences for those who identify in more than one identity category. For example, a woman of color would experience oppression … Continue reading How “Intersectionality” was Coined
Remembering Black History
Black History Month has arrived and we are here to commemorate and remember the history of African Americans. If you are a Black reader, we celebrate who you are and recognize the faults of systemic racism and your unique perseverance. For any other readers, and as clinicians at Heartland Therapy Connection, we recognize our need … Continue reading Remembering Black History
New Year, New You? The Power of Starting Fresh
Aside from setting resolutions, it is common to have the desire to reset, start over, or have a "fresh start" around the beginning of a new year. Harnessing this desire, or motivation, can be helpful in meeting and maintaining life goals throughout the new year. THE FRESH START EFFECT Picture This: It's the weekend, you're … Continue reading New Year, New You? The Power of Starting Fresh
Monthly Journal Prompts for New Year’s Resolutions
With the start of a new year, new possibilities and hope for positive change seem even more palpable. For many, this is the time of year when critical thinking takes place about what people want to change about this upcoming year, hence the popularization of New Year’s Resolutions. This newfound sense of motivation is refreshing … Continue reading Monthly Journal Prompts for New Year’s Resolutions
“Negative Emotions?” Not in my Office!
As a former teacher and a current narrative therapist, I believe in the power of words. I cautioned my students about using the word “easy,” because what was easy for them might not be easy for a classmate. I encourage couples during conflict to be intentional with their speech because the same word might have … Continue reading “Negative Emotions?” Not in my Office!
The Role of Emotions in Our Lives
Identifying and expressing emotions can be a hard feat, yet necessary for our mental well being, relationship satisfaction, and overall living a fulfilled life. More than likely, if you did not grow up identifying or expressing emotions, this might be a new way of experiencing the world. Chances are you probably know the more easily identifiable emotions … Continue reading The Role of Emotions in Our Lives
Wanting a Fresh Start in 2023?
Join our group therapy sessions that can actually help you in 2023! Want to feel stronger? Want to improve your relationships? Do you want to start new relationships with healthy boundaries? Want to treat your kids better? Want to feel better and learn effective ways to cope with stress? You are not alone! We hear … Continue reading Wanting a Fresh Start in 2023?
Tips on Overcoming Social Anxiety for All Ages
When there's uncertainty surrounding a situation or event, it can cause anxiety for many and especially when it has to do with socializing or interacting with others where fear of scrutiny is possible, this is known as social anxiety. Social anxiety is something that children, adolescents and adults can experience in their daily lives and … Continue reading Tips on Overcoming Social Anxiety for All Ages
Mindfulness vs Grounding – What’s the Difference?
If you’ve done any exploration into managing your anxiety, you’ve probably come across these two words – mindfulness and grounding. Often, these terms are used interchangeably. Though they are similar, there is a subtle difference, and it can be helpful to know it. Let’s explore what these terms really mean and how they can be … Continue reading Mindfulness vs Grounding – What’s the Difference?
Combatting Anxiety and Burnout: The Importance of Self-Care
Anxiety and burnout are terms that individuals are likely familiar with, but what individuals may not be aware of is what these terms mean and how they are related. Symptoms of Anxiety Include: Restlessness Feeling keyed up or on edge Mental or physical fatigue Difficulty concentrating Mind going blank Irritability Muscle tension Sleep disturbance Anxiety … Continue reading Combatting Anxiety and Burnout: The Importance of Self-Care